Prominent Kenyan media personality Lorna Irungu dies

Former TV host, popularly remembered as the OMO Pick a Box host, Lorna Irungu-Macharia, has died. She succumbed to Covid-19..

Lorna was the Managing Director of PR company, Gina Din Group.

She is also not new to the airwaves as she previously worked at Nation FM as a radio presenter and at KTN Kenya as host of the Omo Pick A Box show.

Lorna has been a Lupus survivor for over 20 years and had undergone several kidney transplants. She was vocal about her fight with the disease.  Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue.

The celebrated media personality has left behind a husband and a daughter.

“She passed on at The Karen Hospital, Nairobi, while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Lorna’s interment will be on March 23, 2021 in a private family function,” the statement from the family reads.

“The family knows that Lorna is deeply loved by many and asks for your continued prayers and requests privacy during this difficult time but also informs that a public virtual celebration of her life will be organized and details will be communicated shortly. We loved you Lorna but the Lord loved you more.”

Several journalists have succumbed to COVID-19 in the past one month. They include Winnie Mukami (formerly of NTV), Robin Njogu (Royal Media Services), Dr. Patricia Wawira Njuki (International Organisation for Migration) and Chebet Karago (formerly of Nation).

Kenyans have taken to social media send their condolences, with many describing her as a figure that will not easily be forgotten.


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